Flying, airports, airplanes, and your travel day 😉 oh my!!
My name is Kristi Peek and I am a travel agent and a lover of travel, but guess what, I used to have a fear of flying. Imagine that a travel agent who had a fear of flying. I no longer suffer from a fear of flying and now fly every 4 to 6 weeks for work or traveling for fun. I want to share some of the tips and tricks I have learned that add comfort to my flights.
One – Know your airline and that airline’s policies before you head to the airport. The airlines each have their own set of rules and you want to start off on the right foot and I have seen it time and again when I am checking in where a guest doesn’t know the rules for their airline on baggage fees, fees to pick your seat, fees to print your boarding pass, and any other rules or fees there might be and there is nothing like getting an unexpected $100 baggage fee to add stress to your travel day. This is another reason I suggest using a travel planner, as they can make sure you are informed of the rules of the airline.
Two – Be sure you give yourself plenty of time to make your flight. I didn’t follow this rule once and let me tell you, it added stress to my flight. I was in the security line when I heard the boarding call for my flight. I made the flight but it added so much stress as I jogged sweating to the gate.
Three, and this is where it gets fun for me – Learn to pack your carry on bag well. These are the tips that I have found make my flights more enjoyable.
First, I have a backpack that I love and travel with every time I fly, it a business backpack that is well made and it fits my back and body great.
These are a few of my must-haves when traveling that I pack. My neck pillow, sleeping mask, Bose surround sound headphones, an empty water bottle, a fuzzy travel blanket and a charger for my phone. I carry these even if it’s a 2-hour flight. For work, I take a lot of earlier morning flights and that is a great time to sleep and the combo shown in the picture helps me sleep.
I also pack an extra pair of socks and these have come in handy so many times. I hate flying with cold feet :).
Here are a few more things I have learned to fly with so that I don’t have to buy them in the airport. These are my meds and products on my must pack list-
Headache meds (in my case Ibuprofen) 2. Allergy meds 3. Less Drowsy Motion Sickness meds 4. Lotion or hand cream 5. Essential Oils (for me Lavender and Peppermint) 6. Pens if you are leaving the country you will need a pen on the plane 7. A first aid kit 8. Extra Deodorant 9. A travel toothbrush 10. Face Mist (airplanes dry my face and skin out) 11. Lipgloss 12. A Hairbrush and dry shampoo 13. wet wipes
I always fly with at least one book and I have books loaded on my phone, but I’m careful about letting my phone running down mid-flight. I now carry a book with me on each flight.
I love to write when I am traveling and I highly suggest it.
And last but not least portable chargers and extra power cords.
If you would like help taking the stress out of your next trip. I would love to help you plan – let’s connect.